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Karen Berger is Leaving DC

Written by ThanosCopter on Monday, December 03 2012 and posted in News with Benefits
Karen Berger is Leaving DC

The editor will leave March 2013.

Source: Bleeding Cool

Multiple news sites are reporting that Karen Berger has stepped down from her position as Senior VP at DC Entertainment and Executive Editor of Vertigo Comics.  Berger has been in charge of Vertigo since its founding in 1993 and helped bring in and edit many of the imprint's biggest successes.  Berger helped recruit visionary writers such as Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison and Peter Milligan and won three Eisners for "Best Editor" over her career.

In recent years, Berger has seen her power at DC take a hit as the Vertigo imprint waned in power.  The last few years have seen the imprint's ongoing titles shrink, its contracts restructured in a way seen as less friendly to creators, and its creator owned characters turned over to DC's main line.  She also was effectively demoted last year with the hiring of Bob Harras and the promotions of Dan Didio and Jim Lee.  Last month, DC announced that the longrunning Hellblazer series had been cancelled. 

Berger will stay on through March 2013 to transfer Vertigo to new leadership, which will include staffers trained and picked by Berger herself.

Here's the press release:

Karen Berger, Executive Editor & Senior Vice President of DC Entertainment’s Vertigo brand, has announced she is stepping down from her post after nearly 20 years at the helm of the award-winning literary imprint. She will remain on through March 2013 where she will be assisting in the transition to a new leadership team which includes veteran staffers whom she has mentored over the years.

Karen is responsible for shepherding critically-acclaimed and best-selling publishing titles including perennial favorites: THE SANDMAN, HELLBLAZER, V FOR VENDETTA. FABLES, PREACHER, THE INVISIBLES, 100 BULLETS, Y – THE LAST MAN and AMERICAN VAMPIRE. Vertigo has published nearly 300 new literary properties during the last 20 years. Berger notes she is ready for a professional change and is looking forward to pursuing exciting new opportunities.

“I’ve been incredibly proud to have provided a home where writers and artists could create progressive and provocative stories that broadened the scope of comics, attracting a new and diverse readership to graphic storytelling,” said Berger. “I’d like to thank all the many immensely talented creators who have helped make Vertigo into a daring and distinctive imprint and I’m grateful to everyone at DC Entertainment and the retail community for their support and commitment to Vertigo all these years. It’s been quite an honor.”

DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson stated, “We are extremely grateful for Karen’s commitment and dedication to Vertigo, its books and its incredibly talented team of staff and creators. In Vertigo she leaves a legacy to which we remain committed and on which we intend to build for the future. She will always be a deeply valued and respected member of the DC family.”

DC Entertainment is planning a celebration next year – to help salute Karen, her 33 years with the company and her many accomplishments, befitting her legendary status within DCE and across the publishing and comics industries.

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